Resort season is one of the most overlooked seasons in the fashion world. While fashion lovers around the world pine for spring, pre-fall, and fall collections, resort seems to fall behind in the eyes of the fashion community year in and year out. Luckily, this season, it seems that designers around the globe were bitten by a creative bug and produced some of the most successful and innovative resort collections to date. And the best thing about fresh and innovative design is that it pushes new trends forward, giving fashion aficionados around the world new inspiration that breathes life into their cold weather wardrobes.
The Printed Knee-High
Now, to some (I’m talking to you private and Catholic school girls), knee-high socks are the bane of humanity. They’re fussy, tend to always fall or roll down. and generally come in either black, navy, grey, or whatever ridiculous hue of maroon or mustard your school colours were. But don’t dismiss this posh staple just yet. This season’s knee-high stocking was more than just an accessory. Unlike their academic sisters, the knee-highs at high fashion houses Prada, Thom Browne, and Gucci came in printed patterns and interesting hues. Marrying the traditional sock with blogger-it-girl street style, they transformed the good old scholastic knee-high sock into one of the most in-demand accessories of the season.
Shades of (Navy) Blue
Resort and cruise collections are created with the sole purpose of giving high-fashion clientele luxurious options for their jet-set vacations. Instead of throwing on a gauzy sarong, resort collections offer up the option of opting for luxe ensembles made especially for the warm summer months, the yacht, or the country estate. And it seems as if the designers visited the same luxurious and exotic locations as their clients when they designed their collections. No colour seems to have popped up during resort season more than deep ocean blue and nowhere else was it used better than at Pringle of Scotland, Delpozo, and Versace. Rich and luxurious shades of indigo and navy dominated the design landscape, creating daydreams of the deep blue oceans that surround the world’s most heavenly rivieras.
Mix and Match Rock & Roll
Back in the days before rock music began influencing fashion, one could be called out or even ousted from social circles if they chose to sport a particular rock clique attire for the sake of style. It was a rock & roll travesty to merely wear a studded leather jacket for the sake of looking punk or a Slayer t-shirt because you wanted to look like a metalhead. Fast forward a few decades and the walls of music (and fashion) have come down. It’s no longer a sin to want to mix and match styles from the various eras and genres of rock music around the world. Designers took that notion into full account this season. At Mugler, I’M Isola Marras, and Acne Studio, rock saw its various style meshed with one another to create a perfect cacophony of textures, layers, and colours. Punk mesh was mixed with grungy florals, while oversized blazers were paired with pop rock hoodies and eyeliner, and goth trenches were paired with clean Bowie-esque slacks, giving a new look to the traditional rock ensemble.
Green With Envy
Emerald, pea green, evergreen, mint, lime, avocado: It doesn’t matter what your favourite colour of green is because you don’t have to choose this season. From the look of it, green seems to be the next big trend in colour right after navy blue. At Vivetta, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Vionnet, green played a vital role and added a fresh and crisp summer look to many of the garments in the collections. Taking the designers’ resort wear from regular vacation attire to bright and exotic à la Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy’s in Versace. And what woman wouldn’t want to have her own JLo moment?
Rock & Roll Florals
Resort 2018 seemed to be the season of turning tradition on its head. At Badgley Mischka, Preen by Thorton Bergazzi, and MSGM, florals were placed front and centre. But these weren’t your average florals. This season’s floral called for something a little out of the box. Instead of having the same old soft and summery pastel florals, the designers opted for prints that brought a little edge into the mix. Dark background colours added to the pops of crimson, teal, and gold that wound around one another to create florals that were a little more ’80s glam rock than garden party pristine. Making these prints the perfect mould breaker for a fashion lover who wants to go somewhere a little darker and a little harder with their pretty petaled prints.
One interesting thing that most people don’t know about is that many of the world’s most beloved brands and fashion houses actually make the majority of their profits through accessories. Brands like Prada and Dior are tasked with creating new and exciting bags, shoes, jewellery, and more to drive sales through the roof.
Some brands are even blessed with the gift of having almost their entire yearly revenue derived from the sales of their non-clothing goods. That just goes to show how important accessories really are to the fashion industry itself. They aren’t just afterthoughts or cherries on top to add “a little something” to the collection. They’re there to seal the deal on whether one loves a collection or skips it. Here are Novella’s top picks for best accessories of fall/winter 2017.
Prada: As she does every year, Miuccia Prada released a coveted selection of bags that are sure to end up on everyone’s must have list. Ranging from all black and all baby blue shoulders bags, green ostrich feather handbags, nylon satchels, and python skin to fur-covered confections and printed leather bags, Prada outdid itself once again in creating an innovative and versatile collection of handbags for every occasion. However, one bag stood out from the pack. A bag that clearly played off the brand’s fall 2017 collection of book bags. Like its predecessors, this new bag resembles a leather bound book, but this time the entire bag is comprised of velvet, giving the bag a quirky 70’s feel.
Miu Miu: Just like her bags at Prada, Miuccia’s Miu Miu bag collection is another beautiful example of how well-rounded a designer she really is. This season, Prada’s younger sister released a groovy collection of bags that mirrored the collection’s feminine 60’s flare. There were bags with fur handles and bags with large glamorous brooches. But the most interesting pick of the collection was a selection of bags that had “Miu Miu” stitched all over the bag in a stunning psychedelic swinging 60’s font.
Jacquemus: Simon Porte Jacquemus has been one of the only designers of late to actually produce worthwhile collections. And although the statement may seem a little extreme, it’s completely called for in Simon’s case. For his fall 2017 collection, Jacquemus gave the fashion world one of the most creative and innovative bags to date. Gone are the days of his “haricot” bags and wallets — his newest offering comes in the shape of an upside down envelope, mirroring the bags a bourgeois woman of the 1950’s would have worn in Paris. The greatest thing about this bag is that it carries (no pun intended) all of the things that define French clothing (like the gold chain and old world shape) and literally turns it on its head, thereby making the bag distinctly Jacquemus yet still very much French in design.
Chloe: Chloe has always been a staple in exceptional bag making and this season just another testimony to that statement. This season’s it girl bag has to be Chloe’s white sand coloured circle crossbody bag. The adorable bag is the perfect run around bag that matches any outfit, plus the brass coloured metal handle adds that perfect bohemian touch that Chloe has always been known for. And the best part is that the bag looks as if it will be available in a multitude of neutral and dark colours to suit any preference and need!
Altuzzara: The last bag on the list is by far the most traditional of the bunch, but that isn’t to say the bag is in anyway doughty or matronly. This Altuzzara handbag came in a stunning array of complementary colours that suited every look in the collection perfectly, which is also a plus. But the best part about this season’s Altuzzara bag had to be its simple design and decoration. There were no gimmicks here. Just a beautifully designed leather bag with an accompanying flower that would make even the most elite of New York’s Upper East Side squeal with delight.
Gucci: Leave to Alessandro Michele create a cowboy inspired 80’s ankle boot that actually looks amazing. During his latest Gucci show, Michele sent out a real throwback of a shoe that was completely off colour to what has been going on at Gucci. The bright white bootie comes complete with an almost Wild West/almost Eastern European embroidered floral design that fits the brand’s outstanding new vision perfectly. On top of that, the boot itself is perfect for the 80’s revival trend that has been sweeping the fashion world this season.
Tory Burch: Tory Burch is a brand that has more recently been associated with wealthy soccer mom chic, rather than high fashion fallal. But this season, the American brand looked as if it was trying to shed its current plateau and engage new customers. And the shoe of the show did just that. This beautifully ornate Tory Burch heel burst onto the catwalk with one thing in mind — to make a statement. And that it did. The stunning heel pulled out all the stops to command attention; the sculptural heel, European style brocade pattern, and a beautiful oversized bow harked back to imperial French court glamour. It’s safe to say that Tory Burch is finally making fashion and that’s a wonderful thing.
Maison Margiela: The incomparable John Galliano has made a new name for himself at Margiela since his arrival at the iconic Belgian house. Every season it seems that Mr. Galliano has fresh and innovative ideas for his clientele’s eyes to feast on. For this season’s Margiela show, Galliano presented a knee length boot in an ever-so-relevant 70’s inspired silhouette. The boot, which features an ultra feminine pencil thin heel and deep ochre coloured python print, resemble the same heeled boots that independent and fashionable women wore back in the 1970’s, making it an instant buy on any trend followers must have list.
Rochas: Rochas has always been spot on when it comes to gloriously elegant women’s clothing. This season at Rochas, viewers were treated to the most darling of pumps one could ever imagine. The shoe, which looked to have taken inspiration from 1950’s fetish heels and Marie Antoinette court shoes, are as prim and proper as any shoe can get. And that beautifully placed heel makes the entire shoe look even more delicate and glamorous.
Thom Browne: Thom Browne has never been one to shy away from designing things that many would consider outlandish, but that’s exactly why he’s on this season’s “best of” list. For his winter wonderland inspired show, Browne created a heel that features his trademark all-American brogues crossed with an interesting hollow wedge heel made to look like a figure skater’s blade. The shoe is a testament to how amazing a designer Browne is. Not only is the shoe perfectly designed to fit, it also carries one of Thom Browne most easily recognizable trademarks. On the front of the shoe, a small shirt and tie can be seen peeking out from right under the ankle, showing any potential customers that Thom Browne’s quirky suiting is never too far away.
Christian Dior: Berets have been the go-to headpiece of the season and the hardworking ateliers at Christian Dior were definitely paying attention. For fall 2017, Dior had berets coming down the runway in full force. Part French go-to, part pro-feminist statement. The berets conjured up images of strong warrior women ready to fight for female freedom and independence.
Loewe: Jonathan Anderson has been wowing audiences in London and Paris for quite some time now, so it comes as no surprise that the British wunderkind presented another spot on collection for Loewe this season. The collection itself is a mishmash of all of the most beautiful things that Anderson has designed in the past, with the tiniest hint of European village life. This is where the hat comes in. The darling straw hat isn’t overbearing and ostentatious like many straw sunhats that have been shown on the runway. This adds to Anderson’s rendition’s charm. Rather than making the hat comical and theatrical, the small brim size gives the sunhat an air of authenticity and realness.
Coach: Coach is another one of those brands that ran into an extremely commercial plateau for quite a while. However, recently the brand has beefed up their designs and created relevant and exciting collections to lure would-be buyers in. For fall 2017, Coach has managed to design a wonderfully trendy hat for the young streetwear wise dressers of the world. With its fluffy shearling outer layer, the hat seems like the perfect alternative to a beanie for those chilly New York nights.
Adam Selman: Now this may not be the most traditional hat, but that doesn’t take away from how interesting a topper it is. At Adam Selman’s show during NYFW17, audiences were treated to a quirky little birdcage fascinator that was equal parts adorable and badass. Like 1950’s motorcycle gang chicks, the models stormed out with powerful little flowers on their heads and the best part about them is their versatility. Not only could you wear them with jeans and a leather jacket, but you could easily pair the fascinator with a beautiful black cocktail dress for more formal events.
Marc Jacobs: Marc Jacobs has always been fashion’s little rebel. Taking everyday trends from past and present and turning them into high fashion concepts. For his fall collection, the inspiration was clear. 70’s and 80’s urban and hip hop culture reigned supreme on the runway and it was perfectly evident in Jacobs accessories. This puffy hat is a perfect alternative to your traditional winter beanie. Instead of having a regular old boring knitted winter hat, you can have this interesting oversized retro beanie instead.
Anna Sui: Anna Sui is one of those designers who has and will always march to the beat of her own drum. Since the early 90’s, Anna has been creating collections that are distinctly her own. This season’s Anna Sui sunnies follow in her great tradition of doing her own thing. The blue sunglasses feature a theatrical angular cat eye that is only further enhanced by their bright cobalt shade. The glasses also perfectly compliment the collections 1920’s/1970’s bohemian chic aesthetic, giving the wearer the glamour of a traditional cat eye with a bright pop of a mod colour.
Acne: The beauty of Acne is in its simplicity. While other brands thrive off of creating elaborate shows and collections, Acne has blossomed into a fashion powerhouse by infusing Swedish minimalism with high fashion appeal. And this is perfectly evident with this season’s sunglasses. The shades for fall/winter 2017 were simple in their construction. Two thin silver arms hold the angular coloured lenses in place to create a psychedelic feel to the glasses. Think John Lennon à la 2017 high fashion mod. But the quirky simplicity of these sunglasses aren’t the only selling points here. The glasses are actually quite versatile. They can be paired perfectly with a casual pair of jeans and a band t-shirt or glammed up with a silk neck-tied blouse, wide leg pant, and a floppy summer hat.
Anya Hindmarch: Anya Hindmarch’s entry into the industry as an accessories designer must be what pushes her to create an interesting range of accessories that are completely relevant, on-brand, and desirable outside of her own already spectacular clothing lines. Her fall 2017 sunglass collection just goes to show that she understands what her customers want. She could have easily made a pair of sunglasses with a simple frame and lens for her collection, but instead she chose to create a fur trimmed pair of sunglasses that more closely resembled a pair of skiing goggles. The fun, fur trimmed sunglasses add that perfect wintery feeling to an accessory that’s usually associated with warmer weathers and the summer months, giving the overall look a high fashion après ski feeling.
Fendi: Fendi is an accessory giant. Like its other Italian contemporaries, Fendi owes much of its success to its sales in trendy and in demand accessories. Usually known for its outlandish designs, Fendi presented a surprising take on sunglasses by creating a clean and perfectly polished pair of circular sunglasses. The posh specs fit spectacularly with the cool and composed vibe of the collection. It just goes to show that sometimes simplicity really is key!
Sacai: Sacai is a brand that has garnered a huge following over the years. And it’s easy to see why. This season’s sunglasses are in fact the most visually stunning, adorned with a number of butterflies framing the arms and lenses. These Sacai delights are perfect for commanding total attention when walking into a room. The one possible downfall of these sunnies may be their theatricality, but that’s also their the biggest allure. The beautifully decorative butterfly wings add an old world whimsy to the glasses that has slowly been coming back into fashion. And why not enjoy these shades all year-round? They would make the perfect winter pop of summery colour and the perfect summer conversation piece.
If you’re like me, and have been trying out different skincare products over the years, you will also have come across a huge variety of brands all promising the same thing: clear skin. Some people just naturally have it, but we hate those people. For those of us who don’t have it naturally, we spend years searching for it.
Since the eighth grade, I’ve been using skincare products. I’ve tried so many cleansers, moisturizers, acne treatments and toners, and when one didn’t work for me, I would try another.
Even now as an adult, I continue to seek out and try different skincare products, partially because I’m still trying to figure out the perfect products for me and partially because it’s actually rather fun. When the opportunity came up to test out a new skincare brand, I couldn’t resist.
NERD Skincare, aptly named because of the science behind its products, is a new skincare brand that came out of Columbia University when CEO and Bioengineer Evelyn Chen began to look into skincare treatments that destroy the bad bacteria in the skin, but leave the good.
Let’s break it down: most acne treatments have two chemical ingredients called benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (a quick look in my medicine cabinet showed me that my last cleanser had both of these ingredients). These ingredients are designed to clear out all of the bacteria in the skin, but just like people, there is good bacteria and bad bacteria. Stripping away all of the bacteria means that the good bacteria will have to regrow in order to prevent future breakouts. These chemicals are a temporary solution, not long-term. The idea behind NERD’s products is they leave the good bacteria in the skin. The company’s press release calls it, “fighting acne with the individual’s own immune system.” NERD claims its products will be able to manipulate the good bacteria to kill off the bad bacteria.
These are bold claims to make, and I was ready to give these products a whirl and see if they could be backed up with evidence. I tried three products from the company: the clarifying cleanser, the acne treatment and the nourishing cream. I used all three products for a week and a half.
Here’s a quick breakdown of my skin: I have combination skin with redness and some acne scarring. I had a big problem with acne a couple of years ago, with a ton of tiny bumps under the skin all along my jaw line. In the end, those were only cleared up by antibiotics. I do still have some tiny bumps under the skin in that area, and my nose is my other big problem area because of blackheads. Those are the two problem areas, but during this trial period I also had a mountainous blemish appear on my cheek. Normally I’d be annoyed by that, but in this scenario I was actually pretty pleased: more to test the products on.
This is a good cleanser. Not an outstanding one, but a good one. The cleanser itself has a really rich texture and feels wonderful on the skin. In the time that I used it, I had no amazing results. However, one of the big claims of the cleanser is it cleans without stripping out moisture. I did find that my skin was pretty soft every time I used it and not too dried out, so I think it did it’s job just fine.
I’m pretty enthused with this cream. It’s the most expensive item out of the three I tried, and I see why. No lie, after using this cream my skin was so soft. I kept touching my face after I left the house and kept getting weird looks for doing so, but I’ve honestly never used a moisturizer this good. While the pot is is pretty small (1 fl. oz. per container), you only need the smallest bit to cover your face. While I think you may go through the cleanser pretty quickly, the cream would last for much longer. My only critique of this item is it does not have any SPF. I normally only use facial moisturizers with SPF in order to protect my skin from the sun all year long. Layering sunscreen on top is hardly a chore, but I do prefer to combine those steps.
The cream retails for $95.
I’ve tried quite a few acne treatments in my day. Before I went on antibiotics for my aforementioned breakouts, I tried so many different treatments for acne. When I gave up and went to the doctor, I was also prescribed a medicated acne cream. That cream was pretty effective, but was so drying on my skin that it started to peel in places just days after using it. With that past horror in my mind, I was nervous to try the NERD acne treatment when I read it can be drying on the skin. I tried it anyway, both on the small bumps of acne under my skin and that huge blemish that came out of nowhere. The first few days, I saw no change, but my skin also didn’t dry out and peel. It was only after the big blemish on my cheek got particularly ripe that I saw results from the acne treatment. I applied it to the blemish overnight when it was at its worst and the next day it was half the size. Fast forward two more days and that sucker was gone with no scar in sight. I was impressed by that, but was more impressed by how my skin didn’t dry out. The tiny bumps are still there, but the bigger problem was dealt with.
This isn’t a cream, it’s a clear liquid that comes out of a small dropper, but like the nourishing cream, this is a more expensive product that would last for quite a long time.
These are good quality products. You can feel it when you use them. Ultimately, I was impressed by the brand, though I was underwhelmed by the cleanser. I did love the nourishing cream and acne treatment. For me, they had great results. However, these products are at a much higher price point than any drugstore brand. If you’re on a budget, you could probably find similar products that have similar effects. If you are willing to shell out a bit more, then I would recommend checking these out. More than anything, it is about finding what works best for you and your skin.
The snow is melting and the sun once again shines into our souls, which not only means Spring is here, but also that we can try out new trends for Spring. Hurray! The anticipation of a new season is a chance to give trending looks a test run and is one of the greatest sensations of fashion.
THE HAUTE HOODIE
Yes, hoodies are now acceptable on glamorous nights out.
ORANGE YOU GLAD
Two adjectives for this season: fresh and orange. Brighten up your day and everyone around you (as you’ll be hard to miss in this shade).
THE ANKLE CROP
An elegant trend that harkens back to the 50s. If you are nervous to show the bare ankle, have fun with matching socks and accessories.
This is arguably the biggest trend of the season and will continue into Fall.
STREET STYLE TRENDS
Oh yes, this one. Seen on every fashion blog and Instagram from San Francisco to Tokyo. You can easily customize your regular jeans into hemmed jeans by slicing off above the seam, rubbing the edge with a pumice stone, and pulling out a few strings yourself.
INSIDE OUT BOTTOMS
Gigi Hadid (world famous supermodel) recently wore a pair of jeans inside out while a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, so naturally we must expect this to take off.
What trends are you looking forward to trying out this Spring?